Are you a victim of job discrimination? Reporting an actual case of discrimination in the workplace is not easy to deal with, even if the victim believes he or she is doing the right thing, whether it is personally observed or experienced.
Indeed, it is a big challenge that an individual employee would risk to take, including the fear of being punished, terminated, or subjected to negative consequences. There is a big possibility that history would repeat itself if they would opt not to speak up.
Concrete examples of Job Discrimination
Job discrimination occurs when someone in a company treats an employee or worker in an illegal and negative manner either through physical or verbal harassment, denying a job, decreased salaries and benefits, getting fired from the job, and other unfair acts.
Other examples of job discrimination are the following:
- Getting fired because one is pregnant
- Getting fired or punished because of turning down a boss’s sexual advances
- Promoting a less-qualified candidate to a position over another candidate who is more qualified simply due to his/her race or color or religion
Offenders can actually be brought into court and eventually in jail for allowing job discrimination to happen within the workplace.
Tips to remember
The following are some tips on how to deal with job discrimination:
- Report the incident in a calm and respectful manner, especially to the subject of your complaint.
- Follow the chain of command and know the company’s policy in detail.
- Record all the important details of the incident as you remember it.
- Properly and accurately document all the dates, times, and location, including the exact words used or actions employed of the offender.
- Identify the offender as well as possible witnesses to the incident.
- Prepare and keep a hard copy of the complaint in your file.
- Know and understand what the terms “discrimination” and “tolerance” mean, and how it occurs by unfavorable treatment on others, and in the aspect of hiring, promotion, and benefits.
- Review the company’s human resources policy and make an effort to understand the specific measures needed to document and report cases of workplace discrimination.
- Scrutinize existing federal laws that states that any person may not be discriminated against at his or her job on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, pregnancy or disability.
- There are anti-discrimination laws that have not been passed in a particular state; thus, state laws pertaining to employment should also be reviewed.
- Do not be afraid of being put to blame, or pointing to other people for the blame.
- Wait for a third party to enter the room, especially if the issue is tense. Do not directly confront the person who is the subject of your complaint.
- Make a verbal as well as written report of the incident addressed to your direct supervisor.
- If you cannot speak to your supervisor, make a written report addressed to another manager or the human resources department.
- Believe in yourself. Remember that you are protected by federal and state laws when reporting workplace discrimination.
- Make a follow up on your report to show that you are serious in pursuing your case.
- Compel the human resources department to investigate your complaint immediately.
- Ensure that the investigation must be kept confidential by fellow employees, supervisors, and management in situations where it is proper to do so.
- Express your cooperation to resolve the problem objectively and immediately without resorting to gossips.
If all else fails, if you think you cannot trust your supervisor or human resources manager, then, you can contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to help you enforce anti-discrimination laws.
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